I've decided to join the world of public (or at least semi-public for now!) diarizing so that I can keep you all up to date on my journey into the world of sustainable agriculture. Since I won't have the luxury of seeing or speaking with you all as regularly as before, this blog will help me keep you all in the loop on where I'm at in the quest for my farm.
In case you are a newer acquaintance and haven't yet heard, ad nauseum, about my dream to run a farm, the following are the influences (in mostly chronological order) that have brought me to this point:
- Watching David Suzuki on The Nature of Things for most of my childhood in Edmonton every Sunday night
- Being read Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles in elementary school
- Reading almost every book written by Madeleine L'Engle, starting with A Wrinkle in Time
- Mme. Boisclair's science classes in junior high which I remember (accurately or not) as having a heavy environmental focus...I learned about insulation R-values in junior high!
- My first trip to Scotland where I learned that black lambs in white sheep flocks were culled because they were unwanted for their black wool, and their meat was unsaleable due to the bluish tinge in their skin
- A growing understanding of what my Christian faith actually meant, especially in considering the Kingdom of God and what that meant in terms of social justice and stewardship
- Reading David Suzuki and Holly Dressler's book Good News for a Change and Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer
- Joining my current small group where we share our thoughts and struggles in trying to live lives that reflect love, mercy and justice, in all their sometimes paradoxical confusion
- Finally realizing that it was time to take the leap from my safe life of financial security in Toronto
I left my job at a company I had been with for seven years, took one last overseas trip to Japan, and am now preparing myself to move into a tent at Everdale farm (www.everdale.org) and volunteer with them for the month of June. Thus my farm quest begins!